Q: What does a typical day at Camp Spirit look like?
A day at Camp Spirit includes opportunities for children to continue their journey of wonder, exploring faith through listening to and experiencing the sacred stories, enjoying times of creativity and science, moving to music, sharing a meal together and appreciating getting to know one another. Strict hand-washing and disinfecting guidelines will be adhered to for the health and safety of our campers and staff. All snacks and lunches will be provided.
9:00: Drop Off
9:00 - 9:30: Children gather in small groups and prepare for the day
9:30 - 10:00: Worship together
10:00 - 12:00: Exploring theme in both small and large groups (art, music, stories, play). A snack is served during this time.
12:00 - 12:45: Lunch
12:45 - 1:30: Quiet time: Camp Spirit Spiritual Practices and other quiet activities
1:30 - 2:45: Large Group Activity
2:45 - 3:00: Closing in Small Groups
3:00: Pick up
Activities include hearing a story related to the theme of the day, engaging in art, science, drama and movement activities, outreach to the local community, structured games, and time to just play.
Q: What is L.I.T.?
The Leader In Training program is for youth ages 12-14, to get together, make new friends, develop their leadership skills, and have fun! LIT's gather in their own age group to play games, explore camp's theme, and challenge themselves and each other in leadership skills and activities. They work together to decide what they're most interested in leading - following their gifts and passions. LITs work as a team to share with the wider camp! Past LIT projects include...
• Building a slip and slide for all campers to enjoy
• Leading the whole camp in making meditation jars
• Helping to serve snack and lunch to each age group
• Creating playful videos to share information about the camp's outreach projects
• Helping campers to enjoy the playground or craft activities during free play time
• Leading outreach projects like paper-making or a garbage clean-up
LITs also participate in camp-wide activities like out-trips to the park or to the beach, special guests, and camp gatherings and celebrations. Coming to Camp Spirit as an LIT is a fun way to hang out with other youth, learn something new, play games and have fun!
Q: What does my Camper need to bring to camp?
Your child should arrive to camp wearing loose, comfortable clothing, close-toed shoes or secure sandals (NO flip flops), a hat and sunscreen. We encourage children to bring a backpack to carry their extra sunscreen, a water bottle, rain gear, and a change of clothes in case of spills or accidents. All items should be labelled with your camper's name. Camp Spirit will have hypoallergenic sunscreen available if forgotten.
Registration includes a free Camp Spirit t-shirt which must be worn at all times for safety reasons.
Q: What kind of food will my child be eating?
Camp Spirit aims to provide nutritious, fresh, and simple food for our campers. Kitchen Staff and Volunteers are Food Safe Certified. We can accommodate allergies or dietary restrictions if noted in your registration form. The menu will vary from site to site, but all will have fresh fruits and vegetables and a well rounded lunch.
Q: What safety measures will be in place?
We take every precaution to make sure that the children are always in a safe and secure environment.
Staff have knowledge of other safety procedures for each site location (including earthquake). All of the Staff have First Aid Training (Emergency Child Care First Aid CPR/AED Level B) and all sites (and the Camp Director) will have First Aid Kits readily available.
All sites will be equipped with hand-washing stations and hand sanitizing equipment. All equipment and resources for activities will be thoroughly cleaned through the week of camp. Children will be monitored by the staff and helped to adhere to appropriate distancing and cleaning routines. Face masks will be available for use if desired.